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How to Make Ginseng Tea In 5 Easy Steps

Morgan Kuphal

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How to Brew Ginseng Tea Using Dried Ginseng Roots

  1. Heat at least one 8 oz cup of water to about 208 °F (98 °C) or just before the water begins to boil. This is the best temperature to extract the ginsenosides which are the compounds responsible for the health benefits.
  2. Measure about 4-5 grams of dried ginseng root per 8 oz cup of water.  This is equivalent to approximately 2-3 small roots, 1-2 medium roots, 1 large root or 1/2 of a jumbo root.
  3. Add the roots to the hot water and allow the roots to steep for 5-10 minutes while maintaining a temperature around 208 °F (98 °C).  Larger roots typically take longer to steep than smaller roots or prongs.
  4. Remove the roots from the tea using a tongs or strainer and set them on a towel to dry.  The roots can be reused 1-2 times depending on their size and how long they were steeped.  Once the roots loose the majority of their flavor, they can be discarded.
  5. Add honey to the tea to taste and enjoy!

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How to Brew Ginseng Tea Using Ginseng Powder

  1. Heat at least one 8 oz cup of water to about 208 °F (98 °C) or just before the water begins to boil. This is the best temperature to extract the ginsenosides which are the compounds responsible for the health benefits.
  2. Measure about 2 grams of dried ginseng root powder per 8 oz cup of water. This is equivalent to roughly 1 teaspoon.
  3. Place the ginseng powder in a disposable teabag. Disposable teabags can be purchased at most supermarkets.
  4. Place the teabag full of ginseng powder in the hot water and steep for 3-5 minutes while maintaining a temperature around 208 °F (98 °C).
  5. Add honey to the tea to taste and enjoy!

Pre-made 2 gram ginseng tea bags can also be purchased from our family owned ginseng farm by clicking here!

About American Ginseng Root

American ginseng (sometimes misspelled as "gensing", "gingseng" or "jinseng") has the scientific name Panax quinquefolius and is well known for its use in traditional medicine.  In traditional Chinese medicine, American ginseng root is known for its cooling and nourishing effect on the body's Qi energy.  It is used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to improve health, extend life and is prescribed for a variety of illnesses.

Recent scientific studies have shown promising potential health benefits from consuming American ginseng root.  These health benefits include boosting energy levels, enhancing memory and focus, improving heart health, lowering blood sugar, helping the body respond to stress, preventing inflammation, improving immune system response and improving male performance (source).  Additional health benefits of ginseng are still being researched.

While many people are familiar with the potential heath benefits of ginseng, there is often confusion about the best way to consume it.  In addition, many supplements containing American ginseng often contain far less than is stated on the label or use imported ginseng which could be contaminated with heavy metals or pesticides.  For this reason, it is usually recommended to brew ginseng tea yourself using roots or root powder purchased directly from a Wisconsin ginseng farm.  Drinking ginseng tea also has the added benefit of being easier for the body to absorb compared to consuming solid ginseng pills or capsules.

If you are still interested in using a ginseng supplement when you are too busy to brew a cup of tea, our farm also offers our concentrated Wisconsin Grown American Ginseng Root Extract which is made exclusively with ginseng grown on our family owned farm.  Every 30 drop dose is standardized to contain the extract from 500 mg of dried ginseng root.

 

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